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Happy 2010 / Best of 2009

December 31st, 2009

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Many years ago, when I was involved with Ansel Adam’s workshops, I was fortunate to hear lectures by many master photographers.  One of them was Jerry Uelsmann, who became a friend and mentor.  During his lectures, he would show his work from the past one year.  Since his work involves compositing many images together, these images including variations he had tried, often with the same objects in different.  The view was able to see some of the progression of Jerry’s creative process and always felt inspired when seeing his presentations.  I’ve often thought I should do this myself each year, in order to assess my year’s efforts, but never got around to it.

With the advent of Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, it is easy to create a Best Of portfolio to share with friends and fellow photographers.  Here is a collection of my images from 2009.  I started the new year in India, so a few images are from there.  Otherwise, I didn’t travel much so many images are ones made around my house, in nearby Yosemite and during a short trip to the Monterey coast.

Best wishes for the coming year,


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  2. William,

    You may link to my blog, but do not take any text or photos.

    Thanks, William Neill

  3. Hey may I use some of the information from this blog if I link back to you?

  4. Eric Bowles says:

    Wonderful images! The simplicity – along wiht the exceptional execution is something to aspire to. I am struggling to narrow down images from 35 days of shooting in a single location (the Smokies). An entire year takes some real effort.

    I’m curious – you have a large number of macro and close up images in this group. Was that by design for this year or a technique you chose to emphasize?

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  13. Nick Fuller says:

    A fantastic and inspirational selection from the year William.

    I love the misty trees with the long crop.

    Thanks for showing the selection

  14. Ed Vatza says:

    Beautiful slide show, William. A real pleasure to just sit back and soak it all in! Excellent work!

  15. Geir Ole says:

    Nice and beautiful presentation of the year 🙂

    I wish you a happy new year and look forward to follow you in 2010!

    Best regards
    Geir Ole

  16. Hi Jim,

    Thanks for your comments. Your post
    Blog Project: Your Best Photos From 2009 (,
    helped remind me to the value of annual assessment! We submitted to your project today!


  17. Beautiful and inspiring work as always Bill. Your portfolio exemplifies how beauty can be found right outside your door as easily as half way around the world. I look forward to seeing what catches your eye in the year to come.

  18. Rhoda says:

    Bill –

    Very nice series and a very nice post/representation of your work this year.
    PS – my absolute favorite is the bull kelp image. I can feel the ocean breeze and cool water at my feet in this one!

  19. Beautiful series! You do amazing work!


  20. Bill, this is a wonderful representation of a year’s work – congratulations!


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